Deserts

(Last update May 2021)

 

Up to now, I have been in 40 deserts.

 

My top 5 

 

Badain Jaran (China) :  I trekked thru this superb desert with some of the tallest dunes in the world & spring-fed lakes that lie between dunes (the 'mysterious lakes').

Hoggar & Tassili N'Ajjer (Algeria) : a very scenic region of the Sahara mixing sand dunes with rock formations & displaying rock paintings.

Ennedi (Chad) : a region of Sahara with lakes and gueltas where hundreds of camels are seen.

Akakous (Libya) : a region of the Sahara with small lakes, sand dunes with good rock formations & displaying rock paintings.

White Desert (Egypt) : excellent trek thru this desert with massive chalk rock formations  colored from snow-white to cream. 

 

 

Africa

 

Algeria

Sahara : Hoggar & Tassili N'Ajjer (February 1987)

Botswana

Kalahari (July August 2011)

Chad

Sahara : Ennedi Plateau, including Ounianga lakes (November 2002)
Sahara : Djurab Desert (November 2002)

Djibouti

Grand Bara, Petit Bara, Allolsareas of Lake Abbé & Lake Assal (February 2018)

Egypt

Sahara el Beyda (White Desert) (December 2007)

Eritrea

Danakil (October November 1994)

Ethiopia

Danakil, one of the lowest (part of it is much below sea level) and hottest places on Earth (March 2002 & March 2006)

Libya

Sahara ; Libyan Desert with Tadrart Akakus & Ubari Lakes (January 1996)

Mauritania

Sahara : Adrar (March 2004)

Namibia

Namib, partly coastal desert (huge Welwitschia plant, endangered desert elephants & highest dune in Africa) (July 1991)

Niger

Sahara : Ténéré (January February 2002) (October 2004)

Sénégal

Lompoul Desert (1986)

Somalia

Somaliland : Guban Desert (Novembre 2019)

Sudan

Nubian Desert (July 1989)

 

 

Americas

 

Argentina

Patagonian Desert (December 2012)
Monte Desert (August 2010)

Bolivia

Lipez & Salar de Uyuni (largest salt flat in the world) (August 1990)

Chile

Atacama (July August 2000)

USA

Nevada, Utah, California : Great Basin Desert (August 1974, April 2019)
New Mexico : Chihuahuan Desert (April 2019)

 

 

Antarctica

 

Territorio Chileno

Inside of the Antarctic continent : Ellsworth Land & South Pole (December 2012)

Ross Dependency

Inside of the Antarctic continent : Dry Valleys (January 2003)

 

 

Asia

 

China

Xinjiang : Taklamatan, 2nd largest desert in the world  (October 2017)
Inner Mongolia : Badain Jaran, featuring lakes between dunes & Bilutu dune (dubbed highest dune in the world) (September - October 2013)

India

Gujrat : Thar (Great Rann of Kutch & Little Rann of Kutch) (January 2013)

Iran

Dasht-e Kavir (between Kerman & Mashhad (Mechhed) (April 2006)

Iraq

Western Syrian Desert (between Amman & Bagdad) (April 2001)

Israël

Neguev (June 1995)

Jordan

Wadi Rum (May 1986)

Oman

Sharqiya Sands (Wahiba Sands) (April 1989) 

Mongolia

Gobi, famous for its 'singing' dunes covered with snow in winter (July 1998 & February 2006)

Palestine

Judaean Desert (July 1995)

Saudi Arabia

Rub al Khali (January 1997)
Nafud (December 1996) 

Syria

Syrian desert (including Palmyra, Raqqa, Deir-ez Zor & Hassaké) (May 1994)

Turkmenistan

Karakum (April 2004)

Yemen

Hadramaout Governorate : Ramlat al-Sab'atayn Desert (Hadramaout) (November 1988)
Marib Governorate : Ramlat al-Sab'atayn Desert (Marib) (May 1979

 

 

Atlantic Ocean

 

Iceland

Volcanic desert covering the Iceland Highlands (center of the island, particularly : Odadahraun Desert (July 2009)

 

 

Europe

 

Bulgaria

Stone Desert (= Planted Stones, = Pobiti Kamani) (Varna Province) (May 2014)

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